Rode the sixth in our Getting Ready to Ride Series today, a total of 52 miles. Last week on the series, I led a leisurely group in a downpour and when I started down the hill this a.m., the sprinkles made me think, "Here we go again!" But, the rain held off, and the ride was fine. Longest of the year so far.
On the way to the start, I rode over Dexter and into downtown, stopping at Zeitgeist for some coffeeneuring sustenance, and then out to Jack Block Park in West Seattle. This week, I was a sweep in the steady pace (12-14 MPH), and the route was hilly at first, a bit of a challenge for some, but interesting. We rode along the West Seattle ridge and down through north Burien, back into White Center, stopping at Ambaum Park for a fluid exchange, a regroup, and encouragement. Then, down to Fauntleroy, around Alki Point, and back to the start. My return was through Myrtle Edwards Park and the Ship Canal Trail, subject of more photos watching the changes along that route.
The CRV gave out this week, replacement crankshaft, and another expense we just don't need. The one bright spot is that it provides me the encouragement for two-wheeled commuting for a couple of days.
While riding, I couldn't help but think of the same Saturday 6 years ago, and my attempt at the McClinchy Mile, interrupted by the phone call. Six years is a long time, but also so short, and much water under the bridge, but many memories as well. Good reminder to be thankful for being here, for what we have, and for life. Puts the expenses in perspective.